In the lone Big Six game on Sunday, the Wawota Flyers and the Midale Mustangs would go toe to toe for every single second of three periods. Coming into this game, the Flyers had just beat the Carnduff Red Devils two days before for a 2-1 record. As for the Mustangs' game on the same Friday, they lost their third straight game in a row to the Redvers Rockets to drop to 2-3.
The Flyers would not wait long to entertain their home crowd as 4:50 into the game, Derek Frater would wack in a rebound off of a Ryan Taylor shot, and it would get up and over the blocker of Derek Tendler for the first goal of the game. This would stand up for a while before the Mustangs would tie the game seemingly out of nowhere. With the faceoff in the Flyers zone, Konrad Proszak would win the faceoff back to Dan Fellner at the point, his shot would go through traffic and hit Matt Geske's stick on the way and flip up over the pad of Guilluame Blouin to tie the game at one.
With only :50 seconds left in the opening frame, the Flyers would take their lead back as Devin Stewart would get control of the puck along the side boards and feed the stick of Hunter Smith for an easy one-timer right in the slot, putting the Flyers up 2-1 after 20 minutes.
The second period would end the same way the first did, with the Flyers scoring two and the Mustangs getting one. This time the Mustangs would start it off on an almost identical play to their first: a shot from the point off the faceoff, but this time Brayden Ganson's shot would go in uninterrupted and over the same pad of Blouin to tie the game.
Then the Flyers added another two straight late in the period, another one-timer goal for Hunter Smith with the set up this time coming from Tyler Matthewson, and then probably the weirdest and most exciting goal you will ever see in a senior hockey game.
With the Wawota Flyers on the penalty kill, Derek Taylor would break up the left side of the ice and blast around the defense with enough speed that the only option the Mustangs defender had was to fall down and bring Taylor down with him giving Taylor the chance for a shorthanded penalty shot. The lefty would take things slow on the solo opporunity, breaking down the right side of the ice and would stick handle back and forth a few times before sticking with the forehand and try going over Tendler's short side bad. Tendler would make the save, but the puck would flicker over his pad, forcing Tendler to get his glove back to make the save, but not before the puck could cross the goal line and make it a 4-2 score by the end of the second.
In the third period, the Mustangs team knew that needed to get on the board quickly, and that they did. Under two minutes in, Garrett Sherlock would wire a wrist shot in off the top right corner and score, bringing it back to a one goal game. Three minutes later, Adam Ziegler would be sprung on a breakaway and would go on to his backhand before flipping it up over Blouin to tie things up once again, 4-4.
The Mustangs would finally get their first lead of the game after a score from another point shot, this time coming from Taylor Van De Sype would get the go ahead goal for the Mustangs, 5-4 with 8:19 and ticking on the clock.
The Flyers, now behind for the first time in the game, would have to survive a 5-3 penalty before they would get a chance to fire back, but Ryley Riddell would fire in another shot to tie the game once again with less that three minutes to play and knot the game up once more.
The Flyers would get their chance to finish off the Mustangs without the extra frame when Dustin Graham would get a hooking call in the Flyers zone, giving the Flyers a power play with 2:15 left in the third. The Mustangs would kill the penalty off completely, but not for long. Nine seconds after the powerplay ended and with only four seconds left in the game, Riddell's shot would deflect up and into the crowd in front of the net, and the man who started the scoring in the game, Derek Frater, would wack the rebound in once more for the game winner and his second of the game.
FINAL SCORE: 6-5 Wawota Flyers
Derek Frater, and Ryley Riddell, both added three points to their totals while Ryan Taylor added four for his own. Blouin faced 36 shots, stopping 31 of them in the win for the Flyers.
Midale drops to 2-4 after losing four straight games.
The next big six broadcast will be this Thursday from Yellow Grass as they take on the Bienfait Coalers.